ITRC

ITRC Breach Annual Report: Key Findings

The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization “established to support victims of identity crime.” The recently released Data Breach Annual Report provides statistics and perspectives on cyberattacks. Here’s what organizations need to know: The overall number of data breaches rose a whopping 68 percent in 2021. There were 1,862 individual breaches last year, surpassing 2020’s …

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Cutting-Edge Threat Intelligence with Honeypot Networks and Integrative Data Systems

Cybersecurity intelligence is only as valuable as the actions it allows you to take. Especially in the realm of prevention, fast analysis and notification is critical. It’s no secret to threat actors; they know that as soon as data is available or a vulnerability is identified, the window of opportunity for exploitation is closing.  As many cybersecurity professionals can confirm, …

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The Latest Password Security Methods

Password authentication isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It’s part of our culture, users and employees are accustomed to it, and many systems depend on the “what you know” layer. Newer technologies like biometrics might work in certain situations, but they won’t replace passwords altogether anytime soon. In our series on password security, we’ve talked about some worrying trends, the myths …

password based security myths

Busting the Myths Surrounding Password-Based Security

People have been relying on password-based security for millennia. The Roman military reportedly used what they called “watchwords” to identify soldiers on patrol. Exclusive groups and guilds used secret passwords to prove membership. The phrase “open sesame” protected hidden treasure in the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. In more recent times, the world’s first computer passwords were installed …

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How The Current Threat Landscape Impacts Authentication Security

Repercussions from the ongoing pandemic are still reverberating through workplaces all over the world. Businesses are racing to catch up with the changes they’ve had to make to accommodate remote workers, digitalization, and new cloud technologies. Many have let their cybersecurity practices fall to the wayside in a rush to evolve with the times. In a report by PwC, 64% …

Cybersecure

Cultivating a Cybersecure Culture at Work is Everyone’s Responsibility

Businesses often say that their people are their greatest asset. When it comes to cybersecurity, this statement is truer than you might think. A constantly shifting threat landscape means cybersecurity best practices should be on everyone’s mind, not just your CTO or CISO. When employees of all areas, from new hires to the executive suite, are equipped to understand and …

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Reimagining Ransomware Responses

Planning, Protecting and Not Paying Your company is aware of the many attempts that hackers make every day to infiltrate organizations, steal data, and demand ransoms. Hacking methods seem to propagate rapidly, but ransomware has been making the headlines regularly in the past two years. Ransomware, a form of malware, accounted for about ten percent of the breaches collated in …

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To Pay Up or Not Pay Up

Investigating the repercussions of ransomware attacks The number of ransomware attacks and the frequency of institutions paying those ransomshas increased over the past years. Unfortunately, this hasn’t correlated with those institutions getting their data or systems back. So, should organizations stop paying ransoms? What is ransomware? Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts the victim organization or individual’s data. …